question

"How am I doing so far?" "What time is it?" These are questions, in other words — sentences designed to get information from someone. Do you understand this definition?

Question can also mean a doubt about the truth of something. If your college professor tells you he has a question about the originality of your term paper, for example, it means you might be getting busted for plagiarism. The act of raising such a doubt is also "to question" something. Finally, a question can be something that depends on a particular condition: "Reading dictionaries is a question of interest and intellect." There's no question you have both, clearly.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: question

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nv
a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply
pose a question
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n
the subject matter at issue
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nv
uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something
place in doubt or express doubtful speculation
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n
an informal reference to a marriage proposal
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: question
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n a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply

“he asked a direct question
Synonyms:
interrogation, interrogative, interrogative sentence
Types:
cross-question
a question asked in cross-examination
leading question
a question phrased in such a way as to suggest the desired answer; a lawyer may ask leading questions on cross-examination
yes-no question
a question that can be answered by yes or no
Type of:
sentence
a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language

n an instance of questioning

“there was a question about my training”
Synonyms:
enquiry, inquiry, interrogation, query
Antonyms:
answer
the speech act of replying to a question
Type of:
inquiring, questioning
a request for information

v pose a question

Synonyms:
query
Types:
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enquire, inquire, wonder
have a wish or desire to know something
interpellate
question formally about policy or government business
examine
question closely
pump
question persistently
check out, feel out, sound out
try to learn someone's opinions and intentions
debrief
put someone through a debriefing and make him report
quiz, test
examine someone's knowledge of something
cross examine, cross question
question closely, or question a witness that has already been questioned by the opposing side
catechise, catechize
examine through questioning and answering
grill
examine thoroughly
request
inquire for (information)
Type of:
ask
address a question to and expect an answer from

v pose a series of questions to

“The suspect was questioned by the police”
“We questioned the survivor about the details of the explosion”
Synonyms:
interrogate
Type of:
ask
address a question to and expect an answer from

v conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting

Synonyms:
interview
Type of:
converse, discourse
carry on a conversation
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n the subject matter at issue

“the question of disease merits serious discussion”
Synonyms:
head
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problem
a question raised for consideration or solution
matter of fact, question of fact
a disputed factual contention that is generally left for a jury to decide
matter of law, question of law
a disputed legal contention that is generally left for a judge to decide
mystifier, puzzle, puzzler, teaser
a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution
case
a problem requiring investigation
homework problem
a problem that students are assigned to do outside of class
brain-teaser, conundrum, enigma, riddle
a difficult problem
poser, sticker, stumper, toughie
a particularly difficult or baffling question or problem
Gordian knot
any very difficult problem; insoluble in its own terms
koan
a paradoxical anecdote or a riddle that has no solution; used in Zen Buddhism to show the inadequacy of logical reasoning
pons asinorum
a problem that severely tests the ability of an inexperienced person
rebus
a puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words
Type of:
subject, theme, topic
the subject matter of a conversation or discussion

n a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote

“she called for the question
Synonyms:
motion
Type of:
proposal
something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)
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n uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something

“there is no question about the validity of the enterprise”
Synonyms:
doubt, doubtfulness, dubiousness
Type of:
precariousness, uncertainness, uncertainty
being unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chance

v place in doubt or express doubtful speculation

Synonyms:
wonder
Types:
scruple
have doubts about
Type of:
chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over
reflect deeply on a subject

v challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of

“We must question your judgment in this matter”
Synonyms:
call into question, oppugn
Type of:
challenge
issue a challenge to
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n an informal reference to a marriage proposal

“he was ready to pop the question
Type of:
marriage offer, marriage proposal, proposal, proposal of marriage
an offer of marriage
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